The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Plant First Trees on the Memorial Plaza at the World Trade Center Site

9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni announced the arrival and planting of the first trees on the Memorial Plaza at the World Trade Center site.

The Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) trees planted are the first of approximately 400 planned for the Memorial Plaza, which features a complex soil supported paving surface and a unique cistern system designed to sustain the urban forest. The trees were carried two by two on flatbed trucks to the World Trade Center site from a nursery in New Jersey, where they have been growing since 2007.

Environmental Design is caring for the trees and coordinating the move and planting. The average height of the trees is currently 30 feet with leaf canopies.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to oversee the design, raise the funds, and program and operate the Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site. The Memorial and Museum will be located on eight of the 16 acres of the site.

The Memorial will remember and honor the nearly 3,000 people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools formed in the footprints of the original Twin Towers and a plaza of trees.

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